Kenya miss out on 3000m steeplechase world title for first time since 2005 as Kiprop settles for bronze

Kenya miss out on 3000m steeplechase world title for first time since 2005 as Kiprop settles for bronze

Kenya missed out on the men’s 3000m steeplechase gold medal for the first time since 2005 when 2019 winner Conseslus Kiprop could only finish third in the championship race at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA on Tuesday 19 July 2022.

Kenya missed out on the men’s 3000m steeplechase gold medal for the first time since 2005 when 2019 winner Conseslus Kiprop could only finish third in the championship race at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA on Tuesday 19 July 2022.

Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali surged past Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia to win 3,000 metres steeplechase gold in a flawless performance in a time of 8 minutes 25.13 seconds. He is the first non-Kenyan to win both the Olympic and World Championship titles.

The Olympic champion had stayed near the back of the leading pack for much of the race before making the decisive move in the last 200m at Hayward Field.

Girma was second in 8 minutes 26.01 seconds with three time world champion Kipruto clocking 8 minutes 27.92 seconds.

There was a bizarre moment during the first lap of the race when the field was forced to dodge a camera operator who was standing in the middle of the track with his back to the competitors.

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